Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
What!!!! No helmet!! (let's not go there)
Seriously, I remember that back then the major battle bike commuters had was convincing people that it was safe. Friends, family, employers and strangers all thought we were taking incredible risks riding on the busy streets. The other battle in many areas was about access, especially at critical junctures. In NYC it was about bridge crossings, and/or construction projects that closed roads where there was no reasonable alternative.
Bicycle advocacy was devoted to winning those battles, demonstrating that bicycling was safe, and gaining access where it was needed.
These days it seems (to me, not stating as a fact) that it's the bicycle advocates that are speaking about the dangers of bicycling.
Plus ca change.
An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.
“Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin
“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions”
- Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN
WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance